Step by step guide to becoming an adopter
We are now in a position to receive enquiries from prospective adopters who are able to offer a home and a future to all children including sibling group, children with disabilities and children from minority ethnic groups.
Step 1 - Are you eligible to become an adopter?
Take a look at who can adopt and check if your circumstances are right for adoption.Continue to Step 2
Step 2: The initial visit
- A social worker will visit you at home and discuss how you can help an adopted child
- The social worker will check that you have considered the implications of adoption and can meet the criteria
- They will decide with their line manager if you can proceed to the next stage
- You will receive a copy of this visit and if you have any concerns are able to voice these via our complaints procedure
Step 3: Preparation GroupsContinue to Step 4
Step 4: The adopter's assessment
This is when we find out more about you and we will work with you to prepare the report that is presented to the adoption panel.
Step 5: The final decision
- An adoption panel which you will be invited to recommends whether or not your application to become an adopter has been successful
- The agency decision maker considers panels' views and ratifies the recommendation if they are satisfied with the information provided
- After approval you will receive training and support before we place a child with you